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Mississippi men face illegal hunting charges in Iroquois County

Illinois Conservation Police were called in to investigate wildlife code violations in Iroquois County after three Mississippi men were stopped by sheriff's police. Deputies were dispatched to 2100 N and 2100 E Road Monday in regards to a call of possible illegal hunting.

The men were found in possession of several freshly-harvested wild turkeys. All three men were also charged with illegal transportation of alcohol. Conservation Police were also considering additional citations.

The suspects are identified as 27-year-old Justin Riddel and 19-year-old Braden McGlothin of French Camp, MS. and 20-year-old John Hall Jr. of Weir, MS.

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Former Joliet Diocese Bishop J. Peter Sartain delivering homily at Cardinal Francis George's Funeral

The former bishop of the Joliet Diocese is expected to deliver a message at the funeral of Cardinal Francis George Thursday. Before he died Friday morning, the former Archbishop of Chicago invited Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain to deliver the homily at his funeral mass.

Sartain served as the leader of the Joliet Diocese from 2006 to 2010.

Services for Cardinal George begin today. Visitation runs today and Wednesday at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago. The public is welcome. Thursday's funeral is limited to those with tickets.

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Dubble credits fire departments for communication response to downed 911 system

A long frustrating day in Iroquois County Monday finds the 9-1-1 system back up and operational today. And, the Internet is back online, enabling both telephone landlines and cellphones again.

AT&T work crews repaired a cut fiber-optic line along Route 1 near Papineau. The cut line took out service about 12:30 am Monday. Once the problem area was located, the repairs were made and service gradually returned by around 8:30 pm.

AT&T officials have not said whether the cut line was accidental or an act of vandalism. The service outage stretched into northwest Indiana.

Iroquois County 9-1-1 Coordinator Nita Dubble said up to 10 fire departments were able to man back-up call-boxes at their fire stations to handle incoming emergency calls and then relay those calls to the 9-1-1 center by radio communication.

It's not the first time such communications have broken down, so the back-up system finds key people knowing their roles.

"I can't say enough good things about their effort. It's what's so good about the first responders, we're a family and we work together as a team," Dubble said Monday afternoon as service was being restored. "The fire departments and the dispatchers got it done. I can't thank them enough."

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Police investigating “cloud file” of nude photos of Herscher high school students

Herscher Police are working with Herscher School District administrators investigating reports of several photos of high school girls found on a computer file. The photos, according to the Daily-Journal were discovered on a Google cloud storage-unit.
The Journal reported the digital drive required a password to access it, so it was not available to the public.

Police have not offered any further comment.

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Livingston County crowd forces meeting postponement

The Livingston County Board adjourned early Thursday evening, postponing its regularly scheduled monthly meeting until a location could be found that could accommodate the crowd of more than 300 people who would not normally attend.

Hundreds of representatives and employees of United Auto Workers, Teamsters, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and other labor groups were present to express concern about Gov. Bruce Rauner's controversial Turnaround Agenda.

The agenda includes a right-to-work provision he hoped counties would support and possibly put up for referendum. Right-to-work legislation is cited by unions as threatening to the power of unionized labor.

The meeting was to begin in a second story hall of the Historic Courthouse. Shortly after calling the meeting to order, Livingston County Board Chairman Marty Fannin announced that, due to an inability to accommodate everyone, the meeting would take a 15-minute recess. The meeting was moved to another hall in the Law and Justice Center.

The second meeting hall was also filled beyond capacity.

Fannin then announced that the room was not large enough for the people attending, and motioned for adjournment, noting that the meeting was postponed until a larger facility could house all of those who might plan to attend.

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